Date: Monday, 10 October 2016

There were another couple of big days of racing for all the New Zealand team at the UCI World Track Masters Championshiops in Manchester and our mega title holder Erin Criglington was still on fire with some fine results.

On Friday, Colin Claxton raced in the M69-70 sprints and after some intelligent riding he came away with the silver medal.

On Saturday it was the team pursuit for the 55-64 men. Grant Tyrrell, Graham Bunn, Russell Wieck and Russell Scott were flying the Kiwi flag. Unfortunately, they did not fire in the ride in the morning and finished outside the medals rides.

In the evening Erin had the points race and what a race it was. She kept out of trouble near the front (Neil might say she did too much work) and managed to come away with the win for the W45-49. It was a combined race with the 50-54 with separate podiums so a lot of calculating had to be done to know where you were in what race. Erin was thrilled her jump had come back and managed to bridge the gaps when needed. A fast finish kept her fellow competitors out of the points meant she came away with the win and her second stripy jumper and gold medal for the meet.

The champ came to an end on Sunday - and what a week it was.

The final day was the women's sprint day and a long day it was too. Erin managed to qualify second in a time of 13.000 - just outside her PB. She comfortably won her semi final 2-0 to move on to the gold medal ride, however she just did not have the legs in the final and went down 0-2 to come away with a silver.

It was a great week of racing and catching up with new and old friends.

Erin says a big thanks to all who have helped her on this year's journey!

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